Saturday, October 14, 2017

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending October 14)

To be honest, it seemed like only crappy news came from the entertainment world this week, nothing I really want to talk about here. But hey, we got a new album from St. Vincent, and a collaborative song between two of my faves, Hamilton Leithauser and Angel Olsen, "Heartstruck (Wild Hunger)", so a couple of bright points!

That Leithauser-Olsen song has me wishing for a full album between the two; if that happens, check it out over at my Upcoming Releases page!

This week, the final album from Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Soul of a Woman, was announced.

The frontwoman of the band, Ms. Sharon Jones, got a late start to her music career, releasing her first single at the age of 40. It wouldn't be another six years until she released her first album with The Dap-Kings, but the group made the most of their time together, releasing five albums over 12 years.

Jones passed away late last year following a battle with cancer and stroke. She had been hard at work on this last album, which was announced on Tuesday, along with a new track, "Matter of Time".

Soul of a Woman is set for release on November 17.

Also announced this week:

Belle and Sebastian - How to Solve Our Human Problems, Part 1 (December 8)
Belle and Sebastian - How to Solve Our Human Problems, Part 2 (January 19)
Belle and Sebastian - How to Solve Our Human Problems, Part 3 (February 16)
Calexico - The Thread That Keeps Us (January 26)
Django Django - Marble Skies (January 26)
Hamilton Leithauser - “Heartstruck (Wild Hunger)” (out now)
Nick Murphy - “Medication” (out now)
No Age - Snares Like a Haircut (January 26)
Prurient - Rainbow Mirror (December 1)
Sleigh Bells - Kid Kruschev (November 10)
Son Lux - Brighter Wounds (February 9)
Tears for Fears - Tears for Fears Rule the World (November 10)
Tove Lo - Blue Lips [lady wood phase II] (November)
Wilco - A.M. Reissue (December 1)
Wilco - Being There Reissue (December 1)

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending October 7)

I got my pre-ordered copy of the new Wolf Parade's new album, Cry Cry Cry, on Wednesday this week, I listened to it almost immediately and it is a most welcome return for the band. Bands returning from hiatus are always a mixed bag in terms of the quality of that reunion album, but records like this give me hope. If any other currently split-up bands decide to announce their returns, check it out over at my Upcoming Releases page!

This week, Walk the Moon announced their third studio album (fourth if you count the self released i want!, i want!), What If Nothing.

WtM is one of those Cincinnati bands that could (in good company with Foxy Shazam, Afghan Whigs, and The National. among others). They garnered some success and buzz with early singles "Anna Sun" and "Tightrope", before getting their first top ten single with "Shut Up and Dance" in 2014.

Besides a few singles, they've laid fairly low over the past couple of years, including canceling a tour due to a family illness, but came back recently with a new single, "One Foot" and the album announcement.

What If Nothing is set for release on November 10.

Also announced this week:

Burial - “Pre Daw”/“Indoors” (October 26)
Caribou - Joli Mai (out now)
Johnny Cash - Unearthed Box Set (November 3)
The Mountain Goats - Marsh Witch Visions EP (out now)
My Bloody Valentine - Isn’t Anything Reissue (January 18)
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless Reissue (January 18)
Nots - “Anxious Trend”/“In Glass” (November 10)
Rolling Stones - On Air (December 1)
Sam Smith - The Thrill of It All (November 3)
Sharon van Etten - because i was in love Reissue (November 17)
Tennis - We Can Die Happy (November 10)
Thom Yorke - Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes Reissue (December 8)

New Music Friday - July 28, 2017

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

Arcade Fire - Everything Now

Arcade Fire had a very interesting roll-out for their fifth album. Song titles were announced as anagrams on Twitter in June, they launched a Stereogum-spoof site, Stereoyum (which probably had more to do with the site's less-than-glowing reviews of their new songs), and released a pop-up video style video with clearly fake facts about the band for the track "Creature Comfort". It even involved fake news articles about the band. It all overshadowed the album itself, which would have benefitted from greater focus.

Watch: "Electric Blue"
Watch: "Signs of Life"

Vic Mensa - The Autobiography

Despite having a career spanning eight years, The Autobiography is the first LP from this talented Chicago-based rapper. He does have a number of mixtapes and EPs under his belt; most recently, The Manuscript. As is the case with most hip hop records, there are number of featured artists on the record, including Pusha T, Pharrell Williams, and even Weezer.

Watch: "Rage"
Watch: "OMG" (featuring Pusha T)

Other Full-Length Releases

Manchester Orchestra - A Black Mile to the Surface

Watch: "The Alien"
Watch: "The Gold"

Mappe Of - A Northern Star, a Perfect Stone

Listen: "Cavern’s Dark"
Listen: "Nimbin"

Sweet Apple - Sing the Night in Sorrow

Watch: "World I’m Gonna Leave You" (featuring Mark Lanegan & Robert Pollard)

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

Afghan Whigs - "You Want Love"

Listen: "You Want Love" (featuring James Hall)

Ben Frost - Threshold of Faith EP

Watch: "Threshold of Faith"
Listen: "The Beat Don’t Die in Bingo Town"

Ben Gibbard - Bandwagonesque

Watch: "The Concept"
Watch: "Metal Baby"

Cage the Elephant - Unpeeled

Watch: "Trouble"
Watch: "Punchin’ Bag"

Detroit: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Listen: The Roots - "It Ain’t Fair" (featuring Bilal)

Elvis Presley - A Boy from Tupelo

Listen: "Harbor Lights" (Takes 5 -  8)

Margo Price - Weakness EP

Watch: "Weakness"
Listen: "Just Like Love"

Sylvan Esso - Echo Mountain Sessions

Watch: "Radio"
Watch: "The Glow"

Ty Segall - Fried Shallots

Listen: "Is It Real"
Listen: "Big Man"

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending September 30)

The National are currently on tour promoting their latest record, Sleep Well Beast. At just about each stop, they've covered various songs by iconic bands, hitting The Talking Heads, New Order, and Queen so far. I wouldn't be angry if they were to release an album of cover songs, it would be pre-ordered probably the moment it was announced. If that does happen, be sure to check it on my Upcoming Releases page!

This week, French pop and electronic artist Mai Lan announced her sophomore album, Autopilote.

Mai Lan started her career as a member of Kourtrajmé 3 and helping to soundtrack her brother's, Kim Chapiron, 2006 film Sheitan. She released her debut eponymous album in 2012, then followed that up with some collaborations with fellow French musician M83 on his 2016 album, Junk.

Her most recent release was an EP, Vampire, earlier this year. She recently released a video for the EP's opening track, "Pas d'amour", and announced her new album.

Autopilote is set for release on November 3.

Also announced this week:

The Album Leaf - Forward/Return EP Reissue (October 20)
The Album Leaf - “New Soul” 7” Reissue (October 20)
The Album Leaf - One Day I’ll Be on Time Reissue (December 8)
The Album Leaf - An Orchestrated Rise to Fall Reissue (December 8)
The Album Leaf - Seal Beach EP Reissue (October 20)
Andrew Bird - Echolocations: River (October 6)
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah- Some Loud Thunder Reissue (November 24)
Delicate Steve - Cowboy Stories (out now)
Frankie Rose - Seventeen Seconds (October 27)
Half Waif - Probable Depths Reissue (November 17)
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds - Who Built the Moon? (November 24)
PARTYNEXTDOOR - Seven Days EP (out now)
Taking It to Heart, Volume Two (October 13)
Talib Kweli - Radio Silence (November 17)
Whitney - Light Upon the Lake Demo Recordings (November 10)
Wild Beasts - Punk Drunk and Trembling (October 20)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever to Tell Reissue (October 20)

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending September 23)

Ezra Keonig of Vampire Weekend has dropped some new stuff! No, it's not a new album (at least, not yet), but his own animé series, New Yokio, on Netflix. I'm actually watching it as I write. While it's cool to see Koenig expanding his creative output, I am eager for new music from Vampire Weekend.

Supposedly, they are working on a new album now. Once we get an announcement, check it out on my Upcoming Releases page!

This week, we got the announcement of Christopher Owens' newest band, Curls, and their debut EP, Vante.

Owens was the frontman for the Girls and released two incredible albums with them in 2009 and 2011. The band split up in 2012 and Owens continued on as a solo artist, releasing two solo records.

Owens teams up with Cody Rhodes and Luke Bacé for the new band (not sure if the rhyming is intentional), which was announced on Monday. He also released a new song, "Emotion".

Vante is set to be released on November 7.

Also announced this week:

Angel Olsen - Phases (November 10)
Baths - Romaplasm (November 17)
Diane Coffee - PEEL 7” (October 20)
Jhené Aiko - TRIP (out now)
Peter Matthew Bauer - Mount Qaf (Divine Love) (November 10)
The Saxophones - “Aloha” 7” (November 17)
Slothrust - Show Me How You Want It to Be (November 10)
Ty Dolla $ign - Beach House 3 (October 27)

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending September 16)

So, it turns out that one-copy Wu-Tang Clan album owned by Martin Shkreli might not really be a legitimate Wu-Tang Clan release. The record does include verses from the members, but were recorded under the belief that they would be for a Cilvaringz album. So, if you're still thinking about buying it on eBay, buyer beware!

If the Wu-Tang clan do announce an official album anytime soon, be sure to look for it on my Upcoming Releases page!

This week, Mavis Staples announced her 16th album, If All I Was Was Black.

Staples has had a long career stretching back to 1950 as a member of the gospel and R&B group The Staples Singers with her father and siblings. She first went solo in 1969 with a self-titled album and has been recording steadily since.

She has enjoyed a late-career resurgence around 2010, spurred in part by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy. Since then, she has worked extensively with Tweedy, as well as with Arcade Fire, M. Ward, and Gorillaz, and many other younger artists.

Tweedy produced this latest album from her, which was announced on Monday along with the album's title track.

If All I Was Was Black is set to be released on November 17.

Also announced this week:

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Wrong Creatures (January 12)
Carla dal Forno - The Garden EP (October 6)
Dan Deacon - Rat Film (October 13)
Fatima Al Qadiri - Shaneera (October 13)
Frightened Rabbit - Recorded Songs (out now)
Grandaddy - Under the Western Freeway: 20th Anniversary Edition (October 20)
Four Tet - New Energy (September 29)
Jamie Lidell - Extended Beginnings (September 18)
Liima - 1982 (November 3)
R.E.M. - Automatic for the People Reissue (November 10)
Rapsody - Laila’s Wisdom (September 22)
SPORTS/Plush Split EP (October 20)
Tomas Barfod - Paloma (November 3)

Sunday, September 10, 2017

New Music Friday - July 21, 2017

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

Lana Del Rey - Lust for Life

Del Rey's work has always been marked by her penchant for moodiness. The smile on the cover of her latest album indicates a slightly lighter mood for the record. She's an artist who just keeps getting better, expanding her stylistic influences, guest vocalists, and moods on this latest record.

Watch: "Lust for Life" (featuring The Weeknd)
Watch: "Love"

Nicole Atkins - Goodnight Rhonda Lee

Nicole Atkins fourth album comes ten years after her debut, Neptune City, and follows a period of transition for the artist. She's on a new record label, has relocated from New Jersey to Nashville, and is working with a new production team. Rhonda Lee is a reference to Atkins' self-professed alter ego, one that comes out when she's acting up. Perhaps the album is an attempt to exorcise that part of herself.

Watch: "Listen Up"
Listen: "Goodnight Rhonda Lee"

Tyler, The Creator - Flower Boy

This latest album from Tyler, The Creator, seems to expose some revelatory truths about the rapper. Response to much of his early work was punctuated by accusations of homophobia (not totally undeserved). On this album, though, he seems to reference his own homosexual experiences. He's matured quite a bit since starting his career; Flower Boy is the apex of that maturation and the first time I've been able to take him really seriously.

Listen: "Ain’t Got Time"
Listen: "Boredom"

Other Full-Length Releases

Avey Tare - Eucalyptus

Listen: "Roamer"
Listen: "Melody Unfair"

Meek Mill - Wins & Losses

Watch: "Issues"
Watch: "Young Black America" (featuring The-Dream)

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

Deap Vally - Femejism Unplugged

Watch: "Turn It Off"

Denitia - Ceilings

Listen: "Planes"
Listen: "Ceilings"

En Route - Then Is a Song

Listen: "I Am the Problem"
Listen: "Dumb"

Violent Femmes - 2 Mics & the Truth

Listen: "Untrue Love"
Listen: "It’s Gonna Rain"